**TICKET GIVEAWAY ALERT**

Get ready to bust out your pastels and floppy hats because we’re giving one lucky winner a pair of hospitality passes to Victory Cup Derby Day & Polo Match on Saturday 5/6! See below for the deets!

TASTING TENT PASS: $100 value
Invite only

A kid friendly and pet friendly event, the invite only Tasting Tent pass includes the General Admission Pass plus gives you access to the Wine & Food Festival Tasting Tent.

With this invite only pass you will enjoy dozens of tastings of wine, beer and liquor from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm and also enjoy a day of thrilling polo, intense rivalry, fashion and luxury automobiles.

Food, drinks and alcoholic beverages will be available for sale all day.

How do you win?
1) Like Ballin’ On A Budget & this post
2) Comment on this post and tag a friend
3) Like The Victory Cup

Winner will be announced on Friday. See you on the polo field

Forecastle Festival 2015 Sam Smith performance. (Photo Credit: Willie MacLean)

Forecastle Festival 2015 Sam Smith performance. (Photo Credit: Willie MacLean)

While Baller ATX has its roots planted in Austin, TX, there are events around the country that speak to the Austin spirit and vibe. One of these is Forecastle, which has rocked the gorgeous Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville, KY for almost 15 years, and will take place this Friday, July 15-Sunday, July 17. Your very own Baller ATX staff will be traveling to Kentucky this weekend and bringing you coverage on all things Forecastle!

Beginning as a small neighborhood event in 2002, focusing on music, art, and conservationism – Forecastle has grown into one of the largest music festivals in the country, and draws tens of thousands attendees from all over the world. This year’s headliners include The Avett Brothers, Alabama Shakes, Ryan Adams, and Death Cab for Cutie. Austin’s own Shakey Graves and Ghostland Observatory will also be lending their distinctively-Austin sounds to the musical magic filling Waterfront Park this weekend.

Featuring local eats, a Bourbon Lodge, and the Hunter S. Thompson-inspired Gonzo Bar, Forecastle’s unique style makes it a can’t-miss for festival lovers. We can’t wait to bring you stories and photos from the weekend, so stay tuned to Baller ATX for more!

Forecastle-2016-Logo

Denver Beer Dinner

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Denver Beer Dinner

by Stephen Kluchin

After a long day of tomfoolery, sightseeing, and partaking of the best Denver had to offer, we had the unique opportunity to attend a Beer Dinner — a collaboration between Dude’s Brews by Dad & Dude’s Breweria and the Dunbar Kitchen & Tap House — to enjoy some cuisine and CBD infused brews.

Wait! CBD infused beer?! Isn’t that illegal?! Or so you may be asking yourself. I was curious about the subject as well, as the legalization in Colorado was at the state level and alcohol is federally regulated. First off, CBD is a non-psychoactive hemp extract. Also, after some quick research it seems like the brewery already hashed this out with the proper authorities (http://www.breweria.com/events/hembree-likes-to-make-a-splash-photoarticle-courtesy-westwood/).

The restaurant was nice, but felt a bit trendy. The staff were very nice and made sure to share what knowledge they had of the beers they would be serving. We even had the chance to speak to the brewer.

Now on to the feast!

Menu

Course #1: Meat & Cheese with Sativa IPA

Meat and Cheese  IPA

Cheeses – Tillamook Extra Sharp Cheddar, Lincert Delice De Bourgogne, Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog, Wellspring Creamery Goat Brie

Meats – Applegate Farm Uncured Pepperoni, Crimenelli Calabrese, Applegate Farm Genoa Salami

I love charcuterie! However, this course was underwhelming, generic, and simple. The Sativa IPA was superb, smooth, and had a hoppiness that started strong and finished easy.

 

Course #2: Soup with Rye Ryeot Ale

Beer Cheese Soup Ale

Beer Cheese – Tilamook Cheddar, Red Rye Ale, Crispy Chicken Strips with Beer Batter

The beer cheese soup was very flavorful, but a little thin. The rye ale was a perfect contrast to the savory flavor of the soup. The chicken was tender and kept its crunch, but was tiny and served more as a garnish than a significant part of the dish.

Course #3: Pork Chop with Toffee Porter

Porkchop

Grilled Pork Chop – Apple Garlic Brine, Black Eyed Peas, Toffee Porter Jus

The pork chop was tasty but a bit dry. The black eyed peas were on point and savory. The toffee porter was tasty, salty, and sweet with a bit of coffee flavor and a hint of caramel. It contrasted well with the meal.

Course #4: Cake with Pineapple Express Honey Blonde

Cake

Pineapple “Upside Down” Cake – Cardamom Cake, Pineapple bits, Tart Cherry and Beer Syrup

The final course was the most anticipated one for me and it didn’t disappoint! The cake was light but not too sweet and paired exceptionally well with the tart cherry. The beer was light and fruity with a crisp finish.

The feast was worth the $40 price tag. Thanks for the awesome experience!

Please visit both Dude’s Brews by Dad & Dude’s Breweria and the Dunbar Kitchen & Tap House if you are ever in the Denver area.